Dossia welcomes prominent new member

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 31, 2009

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The Dossia Consortium, a nonprofit made up of large employers committed to providing employees with a personal health record system, has added a large health care system as its newest member.

Vanguard Health Systems, which owns and operates 15 acute care hospitals and three health plans, announced in August it would be joining Dossia and working with the consortium to provide its employees with a Dossia PHR.

In September 2008 Dossia was deployed to the employees of Wal-Mart, a founding member of the consortium. Dossia is now working to deploy the PHR to employees of its other members, which include AT&T, BP America, Cardinal Health, Intel Corp., Pitney Bowes, Abraxis BioScience and Sanofi-Aventis.

Dossia faced derailment in July 2007 when its original technology vendor, Omnimedix Institute, filed suit against the organization. The case was sealed and neither party has publicly commented on its cause. The project was resurrected two months later when Dossia signed a contract with Children's Hospital Boston to create the technology behind the PHR.

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